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Unread 08-24-2013, 11:33 AM   #1
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2006 liberty towing capacity?

What is the towing capacity of a 2006 6cyl Jeep Liberty? I want to pull a 1300 Lb horse trailor and 1200 lb horse short distances.

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Unread 08-26-2013, 09:55 AM   #2
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Well, towing the 1300lb horse trailer will be no problem. But the 1200lb horse might be an issue...



Seriously, the Libby will tow that weight no problem. With the HD cooling it will tow 5000lbs - and the only differences between a stock V6 Liberty and one equipped to tow 5000lbs is the mechanical fan and extended shroud and the Class III hitch.

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Unread 08-26-2013, 09:02 PM   #3
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I would highly recommend trailer brakes too for your towing endeavor.
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Unread 08-28-2013, 11:05 AM   #4
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Hey guys,
I've been shopping for a Liberty CRD and found this forum. Love it already!

The official tow capacity of the CRD is 5000 pounds (same as the gasser) but since it has a more powerful diesel engine, what do you gather is the real towing capacity with proper rig?

I have this 30 footer 5500lbs trailer + added supplies and stuff I guess we're in the 6000 pounds range. Would I be too much for a CRD? It will have the weight distribution hitch, Anti-sway bars, trailer brakes, etc.

I have good towing experience but will it handle that trailer well for long distance travel?
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Unread 08-28-2013, 02:32 PM   #5
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Hey guys,
I've been shopping for a Liberty CRD and found this forum. Love it already!

The official tow capacity of the CRD is 5000 pounds (same as the gasser) but since it has a more powerful diesel engine, what do you gather is the real towing capacity with proper rig?

I have this 30 footer 5500lbs trailer + added supplies and stuff I guess we're in the 6000 pounds range. Would I be too much for a CRD? It will have the weight distribution hitch, Anti-sway bars, trailer brakes, etc.

I have good towing experience but will it handle that trailer well for long distance travel?
If my memory serves me the CRD is rated for 7000 lbs in Europe and it is basically the same truck. That being said...

In my experience the weight is one thing but the length of the trailer is a problem with such a short wheelbase tow vehicle like the Libery/Cherokee. You mentioned the weight distribution, anti-sway, brakes, etc - but a 30 foot trailer seems excessive to me.

Others will offer opinions too I'm sure.

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Unread 08-28-2013, 03:41 PM   #6
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I think that a CRD KJ would be more than a handful with a 6000# 30' trailer. Too much to be constantly safe IMHO. Cross winds could be even more scary. I wouldn't do it.
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Unread 08-28-2013, 06:16 PM   #7
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So I guess to really see how it feels I would need to do a test drive... With a trailer... umm...

How about a Cherokee CRD? Would that be a better option? It's more powerful I think but it's gonna have the same issues as the Libby? (eg short wheelbase? +) So in the end they'd perform similarly?
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Unread 09-26-2013, 08:51 AM   #8
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Thank you for the replies

Next question....what kind of hitch?
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Unread 09-27-2013, 07:39 AM   #9
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Thank you for the replies

Next question....what kind of hitch?
Well, as part of the "recall" regarding supposed issues with the fuel tank on the Liberty, you're going to get a free factory hitch very soon. So the answer is: Mopar, courtesy of the NHTSA and overzealous gubb-ment bureaucrats.

But I digress...

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Unread 09-27-2013, 09:39 AM   #10
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There is no way I would pull a 30ft trailer with a liberty any serious distance. Maybe to move it from one place in town to another but the wheel base is kinda short for such a long load.
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